Though boasting one of the most famous names in Australian sport, cousins, Aaron Ellis and Lester Ellis Jr. – the nephew and son, respectively, of powerhouse boxer, Lester Ellis, who claimed five world titles, and duly received the moniker of The Master Blaster – are lighting out in the world of filmmaking.
The pair (Aaron writes and directs, while Lester acts – featuring in the likes of Ja’mie: Private School Girl, Underbelly: Fat Tony And Co, and Nowhere Boys, among many others – and produces) have collaborated on the short film, Spill, which has played a long list of international film festivals (including Flickerfest, The Byron Bay Film Festival, The Boston International Kids Film Festival, The Orlando Film Festival, and The San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival, just to name a few), and picked up a slew of awards along the way, including the Jury Prize at The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival in 2016.
Spill is an anti-bullying short film, and features over 100 child actors cast from all over Victoria. The film was shot on location at a primary school in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne, and despite its low budget, Spill has still managed to nudge the envelope when it comes to the use of modern filmmaking technology. In the film’s climax, nearly all of the cast featured in a masterful aerial drone shot, qualifying the scene as the largest child-only drone shot on record. Making news headlines, it’s given Spill even more of a push.